Mozby’s 2.0 Reef - Cadlights Artisan II 70G

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  1. Mozby's Reef

    Mozby's Reef Supporting Member

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    So the time has come to finally pull the trigger on a tank upgrade. The nuvo20 was an awesome starter, but after a year of reefing, I was seriously itching for more room. To my surprise, the wife approved of a larger tank, so I wasted no time searching. My thanks to @RandyC for spotting this deal for me and a HUGE thanks to @Rostato for helping me transport the tank and stand all the way from Rohnert Park (Fun fact: A tank and stand of this size can fit into a Honda Element!)

    The system is a CADLIGHTS Artisan II 70G. Not sure why they over-inflate the size but when you calculate based on dims, the DT is closer to 65g. Dims are 36”L x 24”W x 18”H, which I really like. The sump is 30g.

    The package came with a TIA 115 protein skimmer as well as a Jebo heater and return pump, but I’ll be upgrading equipment before its up and running. Thinking Reef Octopus Varios-4 for return and a finnex titanium heater? Suggestions are welcome.

    The stock plumbing is a durso plus emergency standpipe and some flex tubing. I intend to convert it to a herbie and hard plumb as much as I can. No experience with this whatsoever, so any help is greatly appreciated.

    So... unlike my first endeavor, where all the equipment and supplies were procured and ready to go, this one is a work-in-progress and probably won’t be ready for awhile but that’s alright. This being my first sumped system, I want to do this right and not have to worry about it later.

    I have a ton of questions on how I should move forward and might put that on a separate post. Meanwhile here are some pics!

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    woot !
     
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  3. sfsuphysics

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    Maybe 70G is just the model number and doesn't have anything to do with size, kind of like Red Sea 250 (oh wow 250gallons!) 250 liters? Liter?! is that even real, that's a unit of soda!

    Regardless, it looks nice, is the sump glass too?
     
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  4. Kensington Reefer

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    water changes are your best friend
    make them large and often
     
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  5. Mozby's Reef

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    Thanks! Yep, it is a glass sump.


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  7. ddrueckh

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    What a great tank. Can’t wait to see water in it. You will enjoy the extra space.
     
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  8. Rostato

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    Plenty more room in that Honda Element as well.
     
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  9. Mozby's Reef

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  10. Rostato

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    I’m still pretty sure it’s already converted to imperial. The fittings have imperial sizes opwritten on them.
     
  11. Mozby's Reef

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    Thanks! I am definitely excited about the space but somehow feel a little dread about building a nice aquascape to fit it.


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  12. Mozby's Reef

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    That’s right. But in the event we mess up the stock plumbing and have to re-do, then this will come in handy!


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    Congrats on the new setup! Love the dimensions (perfect depth for a very cool reef-scape), looking forward to watching it develop!
     
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